HOBART | City officials are targeting a wooded area off Ind. 130 and Sixth Street as a possible site for a future outdoor gun range for police.
"It's still in the planning stage," Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor said.
Snedecor said site plans, which are being designed by an engineering firm, would have to go before city officials before finalized.
The property selected for the possible gun range is near a silt site and away from the city.
The gun range would be set inside an area that would be bermed and enclosed with fencing and a locked entrance.
"It's going to be limited in use," Snedecor said.
The primary use would be for training purposes by Hobart police officers and cadets who attend the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Local police now travel to other ranges to practice their gun firing skills.
"They now go to Lowell or Hammond. ... It's ridiculous for a city our size not to have their own training range," Snedecor said.
Snedecor said he doesn't expect the cost to be exorbitant.
Because the range would be used by police cadets, Snedecor envisions a partnership with Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy that would involve it absorbing some of the costs.
"It's something our Police Department badly needs. In this day and age of training police officers it's important we have our own training department," Snedecor said.
Hobart police in the early 1980s used to go to an outdoor range on a farm north of U.S. 30 and east of Mississippi Street.
That property, which was annexed by Hobart as part of the Ross Township area off of U.S. 30, is now the site of the Silverstone Crossing subdivision.